1 in 5: The Cancer Risk You Can’t Ignore

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Her love affair with sunbathing began when she was a child. “I was a great sun lover.” says Micki Soper, 53, from Enid, Oklahoma, who spent her youth soaking up the sun at the lake and going to tanning salons. Even in her 30s, when she noticed scaly patches on her body and was first diagnosed with basal skin cancer (the most common form), her love didn’t falter. “I had the cancers renmoved, but I didn’t think much of it.” she says. “I thought I was invincible.”

She kept sunbathing and, sure enough, started having more problems. She had multiple precancerous lesions called actinic keratoses removed along with even more basal-cell cancers. Worst of all, her father died of melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer). In her 40s the cancers kept popping up. She was finally forced to face reality. “I knew I needed to change my ways,” she says,

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